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  • Personality change
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  • Change in appetite
  • Change in behavior
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Lagging behind
  • Yelping when touched
  • Limping
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Obese Dog Health Problems

Monday, January 25th, 2016

When a dog is obese it’s more susceptible to developing serious medical conditions because of an elevated glucose level and the extra amount of fat that puts additional pressure on its joints and also on its heart. If you have an overweight or obese dog, you should consider placing it on a slimming diet to prevent possible health problems from occurring.

Obese and overweight dogs are predisposed to getting diabetes because their blood glucose level will continue to increase. The dog’s body will naturally secrete insulin in higher amounts but at some point its body will not be able to cope with the increased amounts of insulin and diabetes will result.

A dog with extra weight is much more likely to develop arthritis at a younger age. Typically a dog will develop arthritis after the age of eight but an obese dog may have joint problems much earlier in life because the extra weight adds stress on the joints which in turn cause pain and swelling.

Extra weight can add pressure on the dog’s ligaments and tendons causing further soreness. The ligaments in the dog’s knees and feet may become injured, causing incapacitation. Weight loss is essential to reduce stress on the dog’s joints, tendons and ligaments. In severe cases the dog will require surgery.

Arthritis is not a treatable condition, but may be managed with supplements like Winston’s Joint System, a combination of three, totally-natural whole food supplements developed by a Naturopathic Doctor for his own dog. There are no side-effects with Winston’s because it’s just good whole food and there are no dosage problems because the body uses only what it needs.

An overweight dog is also susceptible to heart problems and cardiovascular disease. Obesity and excess weight causes the heart to pump more blood to the fat tissues, creating an additional workload on the heart. Over a period of time the heart will become weakened and the walls of the heart chambers may be damaged or the blood vessels may dilate and cause heart problems.

Obese and overweight dogs will usually develop breathing problems also. The lungs may be pressured by fatty tissues surrounding the lungs, preventing the dog from breathing normally. The lungs then become overworked because they are having to provide more oxygen to the fatty tissues.

Obese and overweight dogs can also develop liver disease, because the liver is the first place the body deposits the fat. Excess fat in a dog’s liver causes hepatic lipidosis leading to liver failure.

The health problems of obese and overweight dogs are not limited only to these diseases and ailments. There are many other serious medical conditions that can be avoided if a dog maintains a normal weight through a reduction of calorie intake and daily exercise. A healthy and fit dog will live a longer and happier life.

Should Dogs Drink Salt Water

Monday, November 18th, 2013

If you’re planning to head to the beach this summer and take your dog along, be sure to pack fresh water so your pet doesn’t have to drink salt water when it gets thirsty. Dogs should NOT drink saltwater for many reasons, among those being that salt water can cause vomiting and dehydration, as well as an unpleasant condition called “beach diarrhea.”

If you go to a beach that allows pets to run, play fetch, and interact with other dogs, your dog is going to get plenty of exercise which in turn causes increased water loss through muscle contraction, respiration, and evaporation from its skin. Exercising like this on a hot day at the beach will leave your dog with an urge to drink plenty of water and if you don’t provide fresh water, your dog will drink whatever it can find to drink, usually salt water.

Chances are good that a dog will ingest sand along with any salt water it drinks. This can intensify the effects of salt water and irritate the lining of the dog’s intestines. Drinking a smaller amount of salt water can cause “beach diarrhea.” In this type of diarrhea, salt water results in excess amounts of water accumulating in the dog’s intestines.

This is because salt water acts to pull liquids into your dog’s intestines which can then cause diarrhea and lead to dehydration. Also, if your dog drinks a lot of salt water too fast, it may vomit, which then leads to even more dehydration.

Bacteria, algae, microorganisms or toxins are sometimes found in salt water and these can lead to even more severe symptoms for your dog.

When you’re at the beach, give your dog clean, fresh water as often as you can. Giving your dog plenty of fresh water will significantly lessen any chance of it contracting a nasty beach diarrhea. You do not want your dog to drink salt water.

Your day at the beach should be as much fun for your dog as it is for you. Don’t spoil it by not taking along enough fresh water to keep your dog hydrated for your entire stay at the beach.

Normal Temperature For a Dog

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Knowing the normal temperature for a dog is important if your dog develops a high fever. A dog’s normal temperature should range from 101 to 103 degrees Fahrenheit.

A fever is the body’s normal response to fight an infection. But if your dog’s fever rises above 105 degrees, it can cause damage to its vital organs and may cause your dog to go into shock.

Determining whether your pet has a normal temperature for a dog or whether it has a fever requires the use of a rectal thermometer. But using a rectal thermometer can sometimes be difficult because the dog does not want to remain still while you take its temperature. Most dogs find this invasive procedure uncomfortable and will squirm and try to move away from you.

If you notice your dog displaying any of these symptoms, you should use a rectal thermometer to see if it has a temperature higher than the normal range:

* Sleeping more than usual during the day (unless you have a senior dog who always sleeps a lot during the day)
* Lack of interest in eating or drinking anything
* Lack of interest in usual activities

If your dog””””””””s temperature is not unusually high and does not require a visit to your veterinarian, you can try to lower the fever naturally.

Start by bathing your dog in a cool bath. Make sure the water is not too cool or ice cold. If it is, this can cause your dog to go into a state of shock if it has a high fever.

Make sure that your dog is drinking plenty of fresh, cool water. When a dog has a fever, it usually doesn’t have any desire to eat or drink. But your dog can go longer without eating than it can without water, so if your dog has a fever and is not drinking plenty of water, it can lead to dehydration and more serious complications.

Medication for a Fever
If your dog””””””””””””””””s temperature exceeds 104 degrees Fahrenheit, you need to seek medical attention immediately. This level of body temperature and higher can cause critical organs such as the heart, kidneys and lungs to fail.

Your veterinarian will probably suggest leaving your dog for a few hours or possibly overnight to allow the monitoring of its fever. If the fever remains elevated after administering medication, more invasive methods such as surgery may be required.

Knowing the normal temperature for a dog is necessary to distinguish between a simple fever versus a dangerous one. High fevers are just as serious in a dog as they are in small children and care should be taken to treat a dog whose temperature rises above a safe range.

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